Technology clearly plays a significant role in our lives and the lives of our students. Educationally, technology and digital tools can be advantageous for accessing, processing, and producing content as well as enhancing instruction in the classroom. Technology also allows students to collaborate in ways that were not previously possible, and the integration of digital tools helps to ensure that students develop skills necessary to be successful in today’s world. Those skills are not only transferable between content areas, but also applicable to future academic and job-related tasks.
Technology today affects the way we communicate, the way we socialize, and the way we "do" business. Thus, students need equitable access to technology so they can develop the technology literacy skills needed to succeed now and in the future.
As a result, our school district is focused on creating and maintaining a sustainable technology infrastructure that supports emerging technologies. By accessing these technologies, students will acquire and apply knowledge critical to their futures. Also, through staff development opportunities and support, teachers will become proficient in using new technologies to enhance the teaching-learning process.
A PRO-TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY AND DISTRICT
In 2013, researchers noted that Roseville Area Schools is "among the strongest pro-technology areas in the State of Minnesota." They found that:
- 91% of Roseville area residents surveyed said it was "absolutely essential" or "very important" that students have the ability to use computers and other technologies for their learning
- 73% rated the district's current technology opportunities as "excellent" or "good"
Even with these high ratings, the district is committed to strengthening its technology and technology literacy efforts.
DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY GOALS
Our Technology Plan details the activities we are pursuing to strengthen technology and technology literacy throughout the school district. A Technology Leadership Committee meets regularly to review and revise the plan. Helping set a technology vision for the district, the committee also works closely with the District Media Team to ensure the technology plan is supporting curriculum needs.
The Technology Plan goals are to:
- Improve and enhance network infrastructure to support emerging technologies
- Provide online learning management tools and electronic curriculum resources
- Improve access to technology tools that engage students and allow flexibility within the learning environment
- Improve communication with families and the community
Roseville Area Schools distributes iPads to all students in grades 6-12. Go to the 1:1 iPad Program to learn about this learning opportunity for our students.
DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
The District Technology Services (DTS) Department and HelpDesk, located at Roseville Area High School, provides technology and information systems support to 1,400 staff members, 7,500 students, and 12 schools.
Roseville Area Schools provides staff and students with access to a variety of technology resources in all buildings. For more information and questions about the services available, please contact the individual schools or the individual building technology support staff.